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10 Disney World Rides That Make Me Sick

by Mommy Frog on February 4, 2021 12   Video

10 Disney Rides That Make Me Sick - Rock 'n' Roller Coaster

Leap and the tadpoles like to tease me about it, but I've been known to turn an even brighter shade of green on certain rides. I love most of the rides at Disney World on any given day; however, I know there are certain ones I should dodge (especially after eating) if I don't want to feel sick for the rest of the day. I'm sharing 10 Disney rides that make me sick or just a little queasy sometimes in hope that you can take action and avoid feeling yucky on your vacation.

You might know this, but we recently updated our ride pages to include motion sickness. So if you click into any of the ride links below (or you can find them by clicking into the Attractions and Touring Plans on any of the park pages from here). If you get motion-sickness like I do, you may want to avoid these 10 rides at Disney World! We also have a hopful post that offers tips to avoid motion sickness at Disney World with some trusted remedies if you start feeling green.

10 Disney Rides That Make Me Sick

1. Mad Tea Party (Magic Kingdom Park®)

Disney Rides That Made Me Sick - Mad Tea Party

It's a beautiful day at Magic Kingdom, I ate lunch about an hour before and Leap and Tad promise they won't spin those darn tea cups too fast. Liars! I must admit, even when they don't spin very fast, I still get a little sick to my stomach on Mad Tea Party from all the whirling around. (Watch the Mad Tea Party ride video.)

2. Space Mountain (Magic Kingdom Park®)

10 Disney Rides That Make Me Sick - Space Mountain

Strange enough, most outdoor roller coasters pose no problem for me. I think it's having a point of reference. Space Mountain provides no such thing! Since it's in complete darkness, I can't tell when another turn is coming up, making me (and my stomach) completely unprepared. (Watch the Space Mountain ride video.)

3. Astro Orbiter (Magic Kingdom Park®)

Another spinning ride that I'm not a fan of! If the rockets weren't going so fast, then I could actually enjoy the great views of Tomorrowland and Cinderella Castle. I'll take Tomorrowland Transit Authority over this one any day. (Watch the Astro Orbiter ride video.)

4. Mission: SPACE (Epcot®)

Green or orange version, I'm one of the reasons Disney makes motion-sickness bags available during this ride. I do enjoy the Advanced Training Lab, so I usually wait there while Leap, Tad and Lily go on the ride. (Watch the Mission: SPACE Green Version video.)

5. Soarin' (Epcot®)

I reluctantly include Soarin' in this list because the last few times I've been on it, it hasn't bothered me that much. Since it does simulate flight, those with queasy stomaches might get a little dizzy and nauseous. I make a point not to go right after we eat though! I find that requesting a seat in the middle section helps.

6. Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith (Disney's Hollywood Studios®)

I LOVE the initial acceleration of Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, but I don't like the three inversions. What makes them worse is that I can't tell when they're coming up; like Space Mountain, it's completely in the dark. It's also a much faster roller coaster than Space Mountain. (Watch the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith ride video.)

7. Star Tours - The Adventure Continues (Disney's Hollywood Studios®

Disney Rides That Made Me Sick - Star Tours - Motion Sickness

I was soooo excited when Star Tours finally re-opened last year that I forced myself to go on it with Tad. BIG mistake. The 3-D simulation is way more than my stomach can handle.

8. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (Disney's Hollywood Studios®)

This one doesn't bother me too much anymore (maybe it's knowing what to expect or maybe it's because I just really love this ride). However, it's another story if I go after lunch or supper. The random drops can be unsettling to sensitive tummies! (Watch The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ride video.)

10 Disney Rides That Make Me Sick - Tower of Terror

9. DINOSAUR (Disney's Animal Kingdom®)

DINOSAUR is one of the most impressively-themed rides at Disney. That being said, it's also one of the roughest! Not good for bad backs or queasy stomachs. (Watch the DINOSAUR ride video.)

10. Avatar Flight of Passage (Disney's Animal Kingdom®)

This is one of the most amazing ride experiences ever created. But with 3D imagery, a large screen, some drops and simulated action, it can make your stomach contents want to move north while you are strapped in and unable to escape. Take medication to prevent motion sickness or try closing your eyes if you feel ill.

Are you prone to motion-sickness like I am or do you have guts of steel like Leap? What Disney rides make you green? Share your experiences and tips with us in the comments below! And hop over to our Plan Your Days in Orlando page inside the Orlando Planning Timeline for more planning tips!

Related: Got Motion Sickness at Disney World? Here's How to Avoid It (Plus Our Best Remedies)

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Feb 10, 2021 at 11:02 p.m. Dean Says...

My wife and I have never been to Universal, just WDW, but we are going to give it a try soon. She has no trouble with just about any ride, Me? NSM. I get motion sickness very easily no matter what I take pre or post ride. I can't even ride Slinky Dog Dash without feeling like crap afterward. Flat rides that spin fast? Forget it. Soarin' I really have no problem with but Avatar Flight Of Passage left me feeling lousy for a couple of hours. How screwed am I? What rides should I absolutely avoid? Is there enough to do at either of the Universal ride parks for me? Thanks!

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Feb 11, 2021 at 5:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dean!

A large portion of Universal’s rides involve screens (and some even combine roller coaster motion WITH screens). We have a whole post dedicated to Motion Sickness at Universal, which you can check out here! Our best advice would be to head to the parks you’re comfortable taking more of a sightseeing role – some queues are absolutely fantastic and are worth checking out in their own right, including Forbidden Journey, but the rides themselves may leave you more prone to feeling icky – so we’d head through the queue, then opt out at the actual ride entrance to make sure you get to go on with your day. The good news is that, along with queues, there is a TON to take in, some of which is interactive, especially in places like Diagon Alley. You won’t run out of things to do, but they may not be more traditional rides! If you can handle Toy Story Mania, be sure to ride Men In Black Alien Attack as they are pretty similar (though it does spin a bit). E.T. is like Peter Pan’s Flight, and we highly recommend the Horror Make Up Show. If you're going soon, Mardi Gras is currently going on, as well, so be sure to stop and see the floats and catch some beads! :) Overall, we definitely think it's still possible for you to have a great time.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 1, 2018 at 11:25 p.m. Erin Says...

A lot of rides make me feel claustrophobic--I started crying when the submarine door closed on Nemo's Voyage at Disneyland. I was locked inside the submarine and couldn't get out until the ride was over. Terrifying. There's a free app called RidebyRide that has user ratings about claustrophobia, heights, motion sickness, speed, etc. on park rides. It lets me search which rides make people feel claustrophobic. Visiting a park is much more fun when I'm not worrying about which ride is going to cause a panic attack. Hope this helps.

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Mar 23, 2018 at 12:34 a.m. George Lee Says...

There are some rides missing on this list.

Other rides not mentioned are Goofy's Barnstormer, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Avatar Flight of Passage.

The 7D & BTMRR are roller coasters, and the Avatar Flight of Passage is a simulator.

Although I haven't been on it yet, I read it's pretty wild, meaning if anyone gets sick on Soarin', then they'll get sick on FOP as well.

So that & the other roller coasters should be mentioned.

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May 11, 2016 at 8:59 p.m. Jen Says...

We call it Primeval Hurl in my family. My husband has recently become sensitive to motion and these are the rides that are hard for him and he now avoids. He also has a hard time on Everest - the backwards part.

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May 10, 2016 at 6:32 p.m. Stephanie Says...

We are having a girls vacation with my mother and her friend. We will be taking my 4.5yr old daughter as well. I want her to be able to have a great experience, but I'm afraid my motion sickness will ruin it. I'll be the only one with her in the parks. The last time we went, my husband rode rides with her, but he won't be with us this time. I don't think she would have fun riding by herself, and I don't really feel comfortable with that either. Do you have any advice?

Thanks!

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May 30, 2016 at 8:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie,

We've heard that dramamine or ginger may help. Also acupressure bands. Perhaps others reading have been in the same situation and can offer some tips.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 10, 2016 at 5:06 p.m. Hunter Says...

For me I can not handle the rides that spin or most of the simulator style rides. Soarin has never bothered me but Star Tours can. I do OK on most roller coasters but Everest is one that sometimes gives me issues due to the backward sequence. I also can not ride the monorail facing backwards.

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Jun 21, 2016 at 3:24 a.m. Sandra Says...

Everest did it for me in May. My 16 y.o. daughter wanted to go again. I went on Star Tours about 30 - 40 min later and that was not great either--it might have only been that I didn't wait long enough after Everest. I guess I'm learning there are some rides that I can pass by.

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Jul 6, 2015 at 12:30 a.m. Tammy coley Says...

my daughter will be 5 months pregnant when we are at Disney and universal studios and wants to know if there's anything she can ride or will she just have to stand in line all day to ride nothing

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Jul 19, 2017 at 4:49 a.m. suzy Says...

Definitely do your homework! I agree with the above 10 rides making me dizzy and/or queasy. Its a Small World is good, Philharmaic is sitting whole time, shows are good. Carousel of Progress and People Mover never bother me and I am very prone to motion sickness. Pirates of Caribbean has small drop, shd be ok. Jungle Cruise doesnt feel very "oceany". Iwd err on side of caution and read EVERY sign posted outside each ride then still as Operators/Cast Members. Live shows are so much fun you won't even miss going on rides much. Good luck!

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Jul 7, 2015 at 11:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tammy,

Most of the rides at Disney World and many of the rides Universal Studios will be OK for your daughter. All of the rides have signs that list if expectant women should not ride. If there is any doubt, don't ride. She would mainly want to avoid roller coasters and thrill rides.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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